Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye has donated half of his three months’ salary to the COVID-19 Fund to help with the fight against the deadly pandemic in the country.
A statement signed by Parliament’s Director of Public Affairs, Kate Addo, also added that the entire House “is donating an amount of two hundred thousand Ghana Cedis to set the fund rolling.”
The COVID-19 National Trust Fund 2020, was given legal backing deep into the night of April 2, 2020, when it was approved by Parliament and passed into law.
The law seeks to establish a Fund to properly receive and regulate donations toward the fight against the pandemic as a complement to government efforts.
After the passage of the bill, Prof. Mike Oquaye urged Members of Parliament and other workers to contribute to the fund.
The establishment of a COVID-19 Trust Fund was announced by President Akufo-Addo on March 27, 2020, when he updated Ghanaians on government’s measures against the virus.
The Trust Fund, headed by former Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo will receive contributions to help improve the lives of the vulnerable and businesses who will be worst hit by the pandemic in the country.
Other members of the Board of trustees of the Fund are Archbishop Justice Ofei Akrofi, Jude Kofi Bucknor, Gifty Afenyi-Dadzie, Elsie Addo-Awadzie, Dr. Ernest Ofori-Sarpong, and Dr. Tanko Collins Asare.
Since the establishment of the COVID-19 Fund, organizations and individuals have made several donations.
Already, President Akufo -Addo has donated his April, May, and June salaries as seed money for the Fund.
Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia continued in the President’s steps and also donated his three months salary to the Trust Fund.
All Ministers of State and other top appointees at the presidency voluntarily decided to donate 50 percent of their salary for the next three months to the recently initiated COVID-19 Fund.